Welcome to the beautiful facility known as Road America, located in Elkhart Lake Wisconsin. I will try to be aware of how many times I use (or overuse) the word beautiful. But it’s been hard not to in this area. This is the first time I have been to the state of Wisconsin since 1972, when I was fourteen. My memory is not great, because I have no recollection of the beauty we’ve seen since we got her yesterday afternoon.
Reminder: Before I start today’s tirade, I wanted to remind everyone that Susan and I will be at Road America this weekend for the Kohler Grand Prix. We will leave Thursday morning and will be on the grounds Friday morning, long before the first Verizon IndyCar practice at 11:00. Be sure and follow us here throughout the weekend. I wanted to remind everyone, since Fridays are by far the slowest traffic day here on this site, while Wednesday is usually the busiest. Go figure. – GP
One of the more popular pastimes in any sport is to complain about the officiating. When things don’t go their way, fans are always eager to scream that referees are either crooked, incompetent or both. Most rational fans know that officials are not normally crooked…normally. But incompetence in officiating is something that can raise its ugly head in any sport at any level and at any time.
Many times, including my post this past Monday – people have asked me why I continue to lower myself to engage in social media. They note that I get so riled up over some of the things I see, that I should just stay off of it altogether.
Although it’s been only three weeks since we did a One Take Only episode, you were probably hoping we’d wait a lot longer. A lot has taken place in the Verizon IndyCar Series in those three weeks. We crowned a new Indianapolis 500 champion, the series ran a double-header in Detroit and did their best to run a race in Texas. In addition to all that, Josef Newgarden is on the shelf indefinitely.
Due to the unique circumstances surrounding the race that sort of happened this weekend, I will not do the usual “Random Thoughts” where I break down different parts of the weekend’s race and telecast that stood out to me. Instead, I will give my thoughts on the decision made by IndyCar to postpone the remainder of the race at Texas Motor Speedway until Saturday August 27th.
Tomorrow night, the Verizon IndyCar Series takes the stage at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). Although I’ve never been to the now-twenty year-old track near Ft. Worth, it has become one of my favorite tracks on the IndyCar schedule.